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by on December 27, 2012 at 1:59 am

Every Wednesday, we’ll do a short how-to where we’ll tackle a topic in the reselling space and try to give clarity on it. eBay and other selling platforms, as well as picking itself, can be daunting. If you have a topic you would like to see in the How-To Wednesday topic, please leave comments and we will try to add it to the schedule. Thanks for reading!

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As with anything where condition is everything in the price of an object, taking plentiful quality pictures of board games is critical. The more collectible, vintage, or expensive the board game, the truer this gets. It’s important that when a buyer looks at the pictures, they know exactly what the game they are going to buy looks like. The description is equally as important, especially when describing defects that don’t photograph as well, like creases or faint stains, but the proof is in the pudding and in this case, the pudding is the pictures.

First, it’s important to take a good picture of the front of the box. This is the ‘drawing in’ picture and should actually present the game in its best light. This is first picture people will see when looking at the listings. If the first picture is not attractive or shows the game, even a game with significant defects, as a quality product, most people won’t even click on it. Be sure to get the box in full in one picture.

Risk Newer Version (4)It is also important that you get detailed pictures of the contents. If there are small collectible figurines, like in Monopoly, you  may want a shot of just those tokens. If there are condition issues on the contents, be sure you get an up-close shot of the worst of those condition issues. In the picture of the green Risk piece, you can see that I am demonstrating that some of the pieces have come apart. I disclosed how many of those pieces came apart in the description, but having at least one picture of that damage in the listing prevents a buyer from trying to claim that I didn’t describe an item properly. Also note, I still sold that Risk game for a lot of money, so damage to unimportant pieces (and these are relatively unimportant pieces since no one ever uses them all during one play of the game) will not actually affect whether someone buys it or not. But not disclosing that info will affect whether they complain when they receive it.

The final, and perhaps most important, item to take good pictures of and disclose in the description is the condition of the box. This can range from disclosing minor shelf wear to significant damage to the box. Take as many close-up pictures of box damage as possible. Here are a few examples:

Othello (2) Battleship Vintage (4) Stock Market Game (3) Aggravation Original (2)

I hope this helps you take better pictures and sell games quickly.

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